Sightseeing in France

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

40,000 monuments to visit among which 10,000 châteaux, abbeys and manor houses, the landing beaches.....
6,000 museums, 1,000 festivals.
Sculptures, paintings, theater, concerts, cinema, literature, etc.
Many protected natural parks. See also the French Unesco World Heritage Sites.
Lourdes, Chartres, Lisieux, Mont Saint-Michel
Consult the balneology in France website
The Atlantic Ocean, the Mediterranean Sea, the English Channel. 5,500 km of coastline in all.
Winter Sports
The Alps have some of the most pleasant (and most expensive) ski resorts in Europe, such as Chamonix. You can ski less expensively in the Pyrenees or the Massif Central.
Outdoor Activities
Rambling, mountain biking, rock climbing, mountain climbing, rafting
France is well-known for being the greatest destination in the world for shopping with regards to fashion (the website of the French Federation of Haute Couture), culinary specialties or wine (The guide to French wines), in small specialized boutiques or in the large department stores (Galeries Lafayette, Printemps), etc.
Tourism Organizations
Tourist offices
France Guide
Cultural Organizations
Ministry of Culture and Communication
For Further Information
The culture portal

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
The French medias are free and put forward a wide range of political, economic and cultural opinions.
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 43/175
Evolution: 8 places down compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Women's Condition
Despite of having equal status and freedom, women are paid 25% less than men.
For Further Information
The Country Report published by Freedom House
The 2006 world ranking on freedom of the Press by Reporters without Borders

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Degree of Freedom
Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Constitution, and strict anti-defamation laws condemn attacks motivated by religion. A law of 2004 prohibits the wearing of ostentatious religious symbols at school.
Catholics 62%, Protestants 1%, Jews 1%, Muslims 6%, No religion 26%.
Role of Religion in Society

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